Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced that all Parish Government offices will close Friday, Dec. 1 at noon due to the expected increase in traffic associated with the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. Head Start centers in Natchitoches and Mansfield will also be closed to students, although Head Start employees will report for professional development training until noon. The closures will not affect the Parish landfill, limb pit, or bin sites, which will remain open for normal operating hours. Residents who have questions about the closures may call the Parish Government offices at 318-352-2714. President Nowlin hopes everyone has a happy and safe Christmas Festival weekend.